The Most Useful Things To Pack On A Trip To Save You Money

There are so many factors in being well prepared for traveling. You want to make sure you have everything that you need on a daily basis and coverage for the extra things you plan to be doing. Let's face it- no one wants to travel a few hours or fly over the ocean to not experience something new. 

It is so much better to be prepared and not need something than to need it and not have it. This is easy to follow a guide to help you get where you are going without having to rush out and spend money on already owned items.

Luggage- The type of luggage you choose will depend on the length of your intended stay. An extended stay will probably require a large piece, either with 2 or 4 wheels to make moving it easy and a lock. Make sure that there are no broken or damaged parts, such as wheels, handle, zippers or tears. The handling of baggage is notoriously poor, so do not be surprised if your luggage arrives with some damage. Check with your travel bureau or airline as to the size and weight of your baggage that is allowed, how many bags you can check, and the cost of extra bags.

Clothing - decide how much clothing and what kind of clothing you are going to need at your destination and try to travel light. If you will be traveling for an extended stay it's okay to call ahead and see if there is a laundry station on-premises or nearby. Being able to maintain your laundry will greatly reduce your luggage size.

Shoes - sturdy walking shoes (not new) or athletic runners, a dress pair, sandals.

Clothes checklist. Be mindful of the destination and time of year. 

  • Long-sleeved and/or short-sleeved shirts, T-shirts, slacks, shorts, a skirt or dress, at least two extra pairs of socks
  • Jacket and sweater
  • Undergarments and sleepwear
  • Hat, a small umbrella, or light-weight raincoat

Personal Items- Being able to confirm your identity is a must when you travel especially internationally. 
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Photocopy of prescription orders
  • Some money and/or traveler's checks (not all as some should be in your carry-on) and one credit card
  • Extra set of keys to your house and car
  • Sunglasses
  • Electricity converter (according to your destination)
  • Extra battery for your camera

Travel kit and/or first aid kit containing the following: 

Toiletries, sunburn lotion, travel sickness pills or wrist band, pain reliever pills, antiseptic and sting ointment, eye drops or contact lens solutions, insect repellent, band-aids, moleskin if you plan on doing a lot of walking and hiking

Carry-on Luggage – check with the airline or travel bureau what size and weight are allowed. Also, check the sizes of liquid containers that are allowed. Most airlines have a restriction on liquid containers and ban aerosols.

  • Ticket stub and boarding pass which shows your seat number
  • Passport
  • Other ID
  • Glasses or daily disposable contact lenses and solutions
  • Some cash, some traveler cheques, at least one credit card
  • A set of keys for your house and car
  • Keys to your checked luggage
  • Camera and/or Smartphone
  • Laptop
  • Pen and a small pad
  • A list of emergency contacts at home
  • Prescription meds
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel pillow
  • A small supply of motion sickness pills, pain pills, band-aids, toiletries and do not forget about vaccination.

Happy traveling.

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